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New ballpark on deck in Savannah?

Savannah Sand GnatsA new ballpark may be in the works in Savannah, where city officials are looking to divert $22 million raised for a downtown arena to a new ballpark for the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low Class A; Sally League).

The preliminary plan calls for money raised via special purpose local option sales tax to be spent on a new downtown ballpark, according to AP. The Sand Gnats ownership would also put up money to help pay for a facility.

The Sand Gnats currently play at Historic Grayson Stadium, which opened in 1926 and was rebuilt in 1940-1941 in a project partially funded by the WPA. Jason Freier, CEO of Hardball Capital (which owns the team), has a little experience with new ballparks: he oversaw construction of the enormously successful Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low Class A; Midwest League).


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